The last few weeks my meditation practice has completely fallen by the wayside. I was choosing sleep over meditation because my normal times to meditate are early in the morning when the house is quiet or going up early and meditating before bed. It is an imaginary restriction that I had put on myself.
Yesterday afternoon I felt the weight of several questions weighing on me. The mental chatter of what to choose in each case was unhelpful because both sides had good points to be made. I was at an impasse and felt the old worries creeping in of making the "wrong" decision. That is a big sign that it is time for me to meditate.
My body was ready and willing. My mind, despite the weeks without practice, was quick to give over to the quiet peacefulness. It was as if my body, mind, and spirit were all letting out a content exhale, saying "finally!"
In under five minutes time I had the answer to all three questions and yet it felt so good I just continued to sit in that space. It was so refreshing! And I came back feeling very recharged.
I'm so grateful for my body and mind's ability to slip easily back into this space. I'm grateful for the renewal of energy it gave me. I'm grateful to return to a more regular meditation practice. I'm grateful for the benefits and even more grateful for the answers I find in that space. I'm grateful to have these simple questions not only answered but back in perspective. And I'm grateful to have had the lapse that made finding my way back feel even better.
When was the last time you quieted your mind? When was the last time you took the time for the self-care you need?
May today bless you with quiet. May you find renewal in whatever practice feeds your soul. Have a beautiful day and a beautiful weekend.